According to HBO Max’s chief content officer Casey Bloys, they will honor a request from Dave Chappelle himself regarding the streaming availability of his Comedy Central creation.
This decision was announced on Tuesday, at Variety‘s Virtual FYCFest. According to Bloys, he and Chappelle talked with Bloys ultimately coming to the realization that the comedian’s situation regarding his classic series was due to a “very unique and specific and emotional” issue.
“So at the end of the year, at the end of this year, December 31st, we’ll also, you know, we’re going to honor his request and take the showdown,” Bloys revealed. He also noted that he didn’t want to go too deep into the nature of their discussions.
Back in November, Chappelle brought up his qualms with big streaming and network company’s making money off of his famed Comedy Central classic during his “Unforgiven” special. The comedian went into detail about how he wasn’t informed that he would be essentially signing his rights away to his content when he was first approached to do the show years ago.
This news follows a similar story from Netflix, Prior to the HBO Max decision, who revealed last month that it was taking the series down. According to Dave Chappelle, he doesn’t get compensated when ViacomCBS licenses Chappelle’s Show to other streaming platforms, which is why he asked fans to boycott the show in his latest special.